Family-Friendly Theatre Shows this Summer

May 27, 2013

This is a guest post by Tanya K.

Do you really need an excuse to spend a day or two in our diverse capital? Whether you’re heading to the city to spend some time with friends or you choose to take your kids for a weekend jam-packed with fun-filled attractions and entertainment, the Big Smoke has a lot to offer. Book your group into one of the Travelodge hotels near Covent Garden and you can benefit from a central location that is within easy access of all the major attractions and amenities.

One of the most rewarding and inspiring reasons for a visit to London is the delight of the West End. Regardless of what you love on the stage, there is almost always something to suit during the year. From comedy and musical offerings to thrilling dramas, the stage is a platform on which magic truly happens.

While children under the age of four will generally not be allowed in for a West End show, once they reach the recommended age of the performance, a theatre trip would be a great way to spend some quality time with the brood, feasting your eyes on the magic that the stage provides. If you do decide to head to London with very young children, there are a whole host of children’s theatres that aim their performances specifically at younger audiences. As soon as they’re a little older though, that’s when the real fun begins.

Take a look at these awesome productions that can be seen in the West End this summer, which will appeal to all members of your family, whatever the age. Book your tickets online once you see one that takes your fancy, to grab some great seats and to avoid disappointment.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl’s classic tale has been taken by the awesome director, Sam Mendes, and turned into a live presentation of the story of Charlie Bucket, Willy Wonka and his factory full of dreams. Presented by the Theatre Royal Drury Lane until November 30th, children over the age of 5 are more than welcome and will be entranced that frankly spectacular story and set.

Matilda the Musical

Another of Dahl’s classic stories and, having already proved to be a smash hit on the West End, is still available for more kids and grownups to adore. With music from Tim Minchin, this dark family show is full of delightful elements that will leave your kids gasping and begging for more – although they’ll probably want to give The Chokey a miss. It can be found at the Cambridge Theatre until at least December.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Based on the hit 2003 book by Mark Haddon, the story really comes alive on the stage. Combining murder mystery elements with the attempts of an autistic teenager to try and intertwine himself with society; whether you have or haven’t read the book, it’s an absolute must-watch for adults and older children. You can find it at the Apollo Shaftesbury until October 25th 2013.

There are plenty of performances on the West End that are suitable for children from the age of 4. Make sure your chosen one is accepting of youngsters and book your tickets at the same time as your weekend break, today.

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